The UAE and the US extend their partnership with new stroke initiative

By Catherine Sturman
The UAE has contributed $50 million towards the development of a new institute surrounding stroke research and development. It is part of a long-standin...

The UAE has contributed $50 million towards the development of a new institute surrounding stroke research and development. It is part of a long-standing partnership between Washington and the UAE, and will enable the Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute to open in the spring.

Named after UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa, the institute will focus on enhancing its service offering within stroke treatment, where one will focus on detection and diagnosis, and the other on treatment and rehabilitation, the Gulf News reports.

The $50 million grant has been regarded as one of the largest placed towards a stroke-based initiative, and will cater towards the growing number of stroke cases in both countries. In the UAE, it has been found that up to 10,000 strokes occur per year in citizens aged under 50. This number is significantly higher in the US, where it has been noted that strokes numbers have reached near to 800,000 cases per annum.

“We are grateful for the UAE’s gift, which enables us to leverage our considerable strengths in neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation in combination with our expertise in biomedical engineering and patient safety to develop new tools for stroke diagnosis, treatment and recovery,” commented Paul Rothman, MD, Dean of the Medical Faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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“These efforts will improve the health of millions of people in Baltimore, the UAE and around the world, with the added benefit of bringing down health care costs.”

The middle east is placing significant investment in its bid to become one of the top places for patient care, and is building strong partnerships with new and existing partners in order to achieve its goals. Since the 1970s, the growth of public and private hospitals has reached record levels, where the country has built a diverse portfolio and is renowned for specialising in IVF and fertility treatment.

“I think we are at a pivotal point in stroke care where we now have the tools, technology and drugs to apply to the right patients at the right time,” McArthur said. “Some of the barriers to delivering care we are still trying to figure out,” said Justin McArthur, Director of the new institute.

“This new institute will not only generate better outcomes for stroke patients in the UAE and the US but will also strengthen opportunities for collaboration between UAE and US scientists and researchers,” noted Yousuf Mana’a Saeed Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the US.

“We are grateful to Johns Hopkins for their continued leadership in patient-centred medicine and are proud of our long-standing partnership.”

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